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Award Winning Author Comes to the Texas Hill Country

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Johnnie Bernhard, an award-winning author and Texas literary agent, is coming to Kerrville, Texas in December. She’s holding a workshop and will be teaching all of you how to get your book published. You will not want to miss this amazing seminar. This will be her 1st of an annual workshop held for wannabe published authors.

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Bernhard is a former AP English and literature teacher. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. Not only has she written books, she’s also written many articles and columns. She is also the author of two anthologies.

Bernhard has chosen the beautiful Texas Hill Country town of Kerrville to hold this great course. It’ll be held in the lovely Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center December 9-10, 2016. She is going to teach you everything you need to know to help finally get that book of yours published. You know the one…you spent hours on it, then stuffed it in a drawer somewhere. It’s time to get it out, dust it off, and bring it with you. Let 2017 be that year your work gets published!

This course can and will change your life. It’s informative, comical, and inspiring. Johnnie knows all of the ins and outs, and the many secrets to getting published. She is delighted to share those with you, she wants you to succeed, and she’s not charging an enormous fee for it.

For a fee of $80 per person, you will gain access to an entire 2-day workshop and pitch session. It is well worth the investment.  Now, if you just want to attend the workshop, you can do that for only $55 (per person). The pitch session for $25. But in the writing world, we inspire each other to “Go Big or GO HOME!” You will not want to miss out on one minute of Johnnie Bernhard’s workshop.

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Most likely, you will want to  turn this workshop into a mini vacation. Kerrville is a quaint, charming town and is the perfect setting to get you into the holiday spirit. The festive streets are lined with decorations and you’ll love strolling down the streets full of the many unique little shops and boutiques. There are handmade pottery shops, art galleries, bookstores, and beautiful antique shops along the way. Kerrville is home to some of the best restaurants, wine testing events, a beautiful atmosphere, friendly folks, and music to soothe the soul. This part of the Lone Star state really caters to their visitors.


Here’s all you need to know to get you into this fantastic workshop according to the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center:

You must email your one-page query letter to include word count, genre, plus a one-paragraph biography of the author (include education, publication history or awards and accomplishments you’ve received from your writing) to [email protected] by November 1, 2016, in order to secure a seat.

You will also need to register and pay for this one of a kind seminar. Call the Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center at 830-895-2911 or go online to to get on this list.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, December 9, 2016

3 – 6 p.m.: Everyone will practice pitches after Johnnie gives you a great lesson on how to do it.  She is an amazing woman and a wonderful teacher.  All of your questions will finally be answered

Saturday, December 10, 2016

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: The final round of practice pitches.

1 -2 p.m.: Lunchtime

2 – 4 p.m.: PowerPoint sessions by Johnnie on “How to write a Sellable Submission Package: Query Letters and Writing”

This workshop session can be life altering for you.